SGA election unadvertised, overlooked by students


    As we come to the end of the first full week of September, it is safe to say the campus is buzzing with activity – and stress.At least for Skiff employees, but likely for many other people, there has been a barage of class work, planning for student organizations and, now, organizing help for Hurricane Katrina victims.

    Excitement abounded when our very own Horned Frogs took down those Oklahoma Sooners.

    Oh, did we mention there was a Student Government Association election?

    Chalk it up to a conspiracy of circumstances, but students just didn’t know anything about the election to select representatives.

    In retrospect, there were signs asking us to elect specific candidates, but does this amount to a campaign?

    If SGA is to have a role in getting student opinions across to the administration, it needs to do a better job getting the word out about representation.

    Where was the obligatory leaflet attack on the campus sidewalks?

    Even something as simple as a campuswide e-mail could have made all the difference. Chances are, an e-mail with a link to the TCU Portal for students to vote would have drastically increased voter turnout.

    Instead, two colleges are left with empty seats.

    As it turns out, the School of Business had a three-way tie for one seat. With low-voter turnout, however, were students in that college given more information about the election, or did a small number of people manage to be incredibly indecisive?

    Certainly supporting hurricane victims takes priority over the student government elections, but there is still no excuse for the student body being uninformed.

    Bad timing and communication breakdowns are plagues on college campuses, so the fact that their latest victim was an SGA election isn’t suprising.

    The Skiff and SGA seems to have fumbled this ball.

    Next time around, we will make sure everyone is better informed.

    Hopefully then, everyone will use that information and cast a vote.

    Opinion Editor Brian Chatman for the Editorial Board